Harris Juggles Hoops, Football & Visits

Gary Harris is keeping busy. The talented five-star prospect is juggling basketball and football, while also mixing in some unofficial visits.

Over the past year Gary Harris has established himself as one of the nation's top recruits in the 2012 class. And while college coaches are flocking to see him this fall, it won't be to see him play basketball.

See Harris, a 6-foot-4 wing prospect at Hamilton (Ind.) Southeastern, is a dual sport athlete. Through five games on the football field he has over 350 yards receiving.

"It's going pretty good," Harris told Scout.com. "My team is four and one. I've got seven touchdowns right now. We are playing pretty good."

While most of his college attention has been from basketball coaches, Harris did mention there are a handful of schools recruiting him to play football, including a scholarship offer from Indiana.

"I'm getting some letters and stuff [for football] from some Big Ten colleges and Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana," Harris said.

Although the football interest is there, the basketball interest is somewhat overwhelming.

"It's going pretty well," the five-star prospect said. "It's starting to pick up now. I've seen more coaches lately. I just went to Michigan State this week. The calls have really picked up too."

"All my options are still open," he added. "I'm looking at IU, Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Louisville, Xavier, Illinois, Cincinnati and pretty much all of the schools that have been recruiting me."

This past weekend Harris took a trip to East Lansing (Mich.) to check out Tom Izzo's program.

"It was good," Harris said of the Michigan State trip. "It was real fun. It was an amazing game and they won on the last play of the game. It was a great environment to be in."

"I think highly of them," he said. "Coach Izzo is a great coach. He has a great staff and it's a great school in general. I like them a lot."

Harris' next visit will be to Indiana on October 2nd. As basketball season approaches, Harris and his family will sit down and narrow their list further.

"Me and my parents and my coaches we have talked," he said. "We are kind of starting to get the list down and we are going to go from there. Towards basketball season is when we are going to go at it."


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